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Rhode Island School of Design

Materials Collection

A browsable, searchable, and circulating collection of materials for building, interiors, designing, and art-making.

Featured Collections

Manning Rare Woods

The Manning Rare Woods Collection at the Rhode Island School of Design contains boards of rare species, highly figured grain, and/or very large dimensions offering students and faculty the opportunity to utilize wood species of outstanding beauty and value. Woods are available for academic use by faculty and student request. 4" x .5" x 4" samples are also available to view and check-out for reference purposes from the RISD Fleet Library Materials.  For magnification views captured on a RISD Nature Lab microscope, visit



Futation is a subscription-based materials library in Denmark.  Futation supports product developers by seeking out and finding innovative products, and providing developers with physical samples of these products – with concise and easy-to-read information cards. Knowledge of new materials and innovative technologies from a broad range of industrial sectors is effectively disseminated directly to product developers through the Futation collections. RISD has acquired many of these samples.


Zimmerman Mineral Collection

This collection of mineral samples was donated to the RISD Nature Lab, and transferred to the Materials Collection.  They are available to view by special request, and can be found on